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People Are Suddenly Proposing With Avocados And We’re Not Sure Why

Marriage proposals are one of the most intimate gestures you can make. Whether it’s outlandish or simple, popping the question is one of those moments that sticks with you for the rest of your life. So why would you want to turn your big moment into a silly trend?

Apparently one such trend involves using an avocado to pop the question,  Mashable reports.

The idea is to keep your significant other in the dark by carrying around an inconspicuous avocado, rather than a ring box. Once their guard is down, the proposer gets on their knees and pops the question — the ring embedded inside the de-pitted fruit.

We asked the Foodbeast team what they thought of this ridiculous trend and here’s what they had to say.

Constantine

I’d do it in an avocado shell if the person I was proposing to was super into avocados. But not the flesh, that just gets messy.

Analiese

The worst trend I’ve seen all year. Humanity must be stopped.

Reach

That’s the dumbest thing ever this side of the Flowbee.

Isai

That’s the most basic bitch proposal I’ve ever seen. I hope she responds with a toast.

As for myself, I’m just wondering how he’ll feel about avocados if the marriage doesn’t work out. I’d hate to have something so delicious tainted for life.

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Cravings Culture Technology

How Fried Chicken Is Getting Foodies Massive Instagram Engagement

Fried chicken is the new bacon.

The iconic dish isn’t just a crispy, poultry treat on a lazy day. In fact, it might be one of the most popular foods on social media at the moment. Specifically, Instagram.

Foodbeast Publisher, Elie Ayrouth, pointed out on the latest Foodbeast Ketchup Podcast that different foodie Instagrammers are breaking the platform’s algorithm by posting pictures of fried chicken, a role that was once filled by bacon many years ago in the heyday of the foodie renaissance.

The average fried chicken post has more engagement and likes than any other food right now. We used some food photos from our buddy Paul of @paulsfoodhaul to illustrate how fried chicken is cracking the code, as you can see below.

Photos: @PaulsFoodHaul

Data was culled from 15 different food influencer’s Instagram accounts. Five different photos were stacked together, and if fried chicken was in that list, it would pull exponentially more likes and engagement, Ayrouth explained.

It’s not like the influencers are doing it on purpose, either. If you look at most food blogger’s Instagram feeds, there’ll be one fried chicken photo for every ten food photos.

Fried chicken just blows up.

In the podcast, Ayrouth mentions that some food bloggers even admit to frequenting less than exceptional chicken spots, like Raising Cane’s, simply for the likes.

While Raising Cane’s makes a decent chicken tender, and their dipping sauce is pretty delicious, what brings influencers back seems to be the unexplainable amount of Instagram likes and engagement that each photo from the chicken finger chain brings.

The podcast touches on all the possible reasons why fried chicken is suddenly so popular. Reasons include the taboo behind not being able to eat it every day, the visual texture created by that crispy breading, or the that there’s a variation of the dish in practically every culture the makes fried chicken a common denominator.

A simpler reason for this fried phenomenon, Evan Lancaster points out:

“The aesthetic will always carry the joy.”

If you’re one who lives for posting food photos on Instagram, snap a couple fried chicken pics and see how they stack up compared to the other dishes on your feed. Even if nothing comes of it, you’ll just have some delicious fried chicken to munch on.

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Sweets

Thinking of Proposing With a Typography Cake? Mm, Better Not

typographycake

When my editor Charisma gushed over how darling it would be if someone tried to propose with this typography cake, all I could think was, “But what if they eat it wrong?” Images of a future bride looking down and wondering what in the world “llu mar yme?” meant seemed like a perfectly good reason to keep all future cake decorating efforts completely topographical.

For those who are up to the challenge, however, Victoria Hudgins has a step-by-step guide to baking your own secret message into batter. Be warned though, like most Pinterest-y recipes, chances are you’ll probably find a way to mess this one up. You might miss a letter, or not leave enough room between letters, causing all the words to bleed in together. And gosh, does marry have two “r”-s or one? — “Will you . . . Mary . . . ? Who the hell is Mary?!”

Or you could always just take the safe way out, get it done by a professional baker and end up with something like this:

Nailed it.

H/T + PicThx Incredible Things